Brown, Norma Ireland

NORMA BROWN Norma Ireland Brown, 93, a long-time Naples resident, much loved by family and friends, passed away on December 30, 2015, in her home. She was born on July 4, 1922 , in Ketchikan, Alaska. Norma was always proud to be born on the 4th of July and proud of her Alaskan heritage. She and her parents, Aileen and John Ireland and her brother, Vernon, moved to Long Beach in 1925.
Norma attended Fremont Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High and graduated from Wilson High School in 1940. After high school, she attended Long Beach City College. Her friends from “City” became lifelong friends and her close friend, Margaret Jones, introduced her to her cousin, Tom Brown. Thomas Brown and Norma were married in 1942. With her beloved brother lost the first day of World War II and her husband in New Guinea, her mother and she “made it through”. Her daughter, Beverly, was born in 1944 and her second daughter, Christine, was born in 1947.
Norma was active in Camp Fire Girls, PTA, Children’s Theatre and Assistance League, always taking leadership roles and giving her time and energy to every project. She was an inspiration to everyone around her.
Her next life chapter was at California State University at Long Beach. She worked in the library for over twenty years and was very involved with foreign students and campus life. She was the staff representative on the University Senate for several years. Norma had many interests. She was a great gardener and Naples Garden Club member, bridge player, world traveler and youth sports enthusiast.
Grandmother Superb! Her grandchildren, John, Alan and Betsy Carmichael and Mary Jane and Holly Otto all had the benefit of her love and support. Her stories made them laugh and her family is forever grateful.
Her last years have been her greatest challenge. She did her best to keep going with the help of her wonderful caregiver, Lennie Pacana, and the Pacana family. Norma is survived by her daughters Beverly Carmichael and Christine Brown, son in law David Carmichael, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A private, family celebration of her life was held January 10. Please sign the guestbook at

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